NGEE-Tropics Modeling Postdoc in Tropical Forest Vegetation Dynamics – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) has an opening for a Tropical Forest Vegetation Dynamics Postdoctoral Scholar. The incumbent will be a part of the NGEE-Tropics project which is a DOE-funded effort to bring together observational and theoretical approaches to build, inform, and test the representation of tropical forests within Earth system models. For this position, we are interested in exploring how site-level and remote sensing observations of forest processes across key spatial gradients in climate and soils across the tropics can be used to develop and constrain models of forest dynamics, and how these model developments can inform projections of forest responses and feedbacks to climate change. You will combine observational synthesis, ecological theory, and numerical model development to explore the dynamics of tropical forests responding and feeding back to climate.
A recent Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., climate science, ecology, plant physiology, forestry) is required. This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
NGEE-Tropics Postdoc in Plant-Soil Relations and Ecohydrology – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in support of the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments – Tropics (https://ngee-tropics.lbl.gov/) research Project, which is a Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored research project to assess tropical forest response to changing environmental conditions to advance model development and predictions of future climate feedbacks.
Your work will focus on assessing soil hydrology and plant water relations and their linkages to carbon uptake and forest function. The project will include installation and maintenance of various soil and plant ecophysiological equipment, data processing and manuscript writing. The postdoc will work closely with US and Brazilian scientists who are developing models of forest hydrology and forest carbon balance that will be included in future earth system models. The position will be based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge Tennessee, with extended travel to Manaus, Brazil at the National Amazonian Research Institute’s (INPA) campus and field sites near Manaus in the Central Amazon Basin. Periodic research travel to other NGEE-T sites may also be required. The position will require extensive self-directed fieldwork in the Amazon Forest. Work will include driving on difficult, unimproved forest roads, hiking with an equipment pack multiple kilometers in hot, wet conditions, and periodic multi-day campaigns staying in remote field stations.
You will have earned a Ph.D. within the last five years, be successful in scientific publishing, have experience with datalogger programming and maintenance, and have comprehensive experience in plant physiological ecology, soil hydrology or ecohydrology.
NGEE-Tropics Postdoc in Vegetation Modeling – Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) is seeking applications from diverse candidates with expertise in modeling vegetation dynamics under different environmental conditions (e.g., coastal, tropics and arctic) for spring 2019. The successful candidate will 1) improve the current state-of-the-art dynamic vegetation model, the DOE-sponsored Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Simulator (FATES), to better represent the vegetation responses to water/nutrient limitations and salinity stress; 2) parameterize and evaluate the model with observations from field or remote sensing; and 3) test hypotheses related to vegetation responses to changes in future environmental conditions. The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team of plant physiologists, ecologists, hydrologists, geomorphologists, and applied mathematicians from LANL and other national laboratories.
A Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, and Earth System Modeling or a closely related field. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.
Education and Training Opportunities
DOE Office of Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program
To apply for a Spring, Summer, or Fall Internship, check https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.
The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories/facilities.
Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.
Funding and Fellowships
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
Next application deadline: November 15, 2018, 5pm Eastern Time
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program provides supplemental awards for Ph.D. students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory for 3 to 12 consecutive months.
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications. 2018 Solicitation #2 applications are due November 15, 2018, 5pm Eastern Time.
The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.
The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories. Online application and awards administration support is provided by Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) under Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.